Melissa George Biography

Birthday: 1976-08-06
Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia Australia
Height: 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Wiki Biography: The second of four children, Australian native Melissa George was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1976. The daughter of a nurse and a construction worker, George initially expressed interest in various forms of dance rather than acting. During her childhood, George studied tap, ballet, and jazz, later transitioning into professional rollerskating - similar to figure skating on ice. By age 16, George had won several awards at various National Rollerskating Championships in Australia, and subsequently began modeling after dropping out of high school. George met a casting agent while doing modeling work, and was given a role on the popular Australian soap opera "Home and Away" (1988); George moved to Sydney and worked on the show for three years until deciding to pursue other projects. In 1996, George left Australia and moved to Los Angeles in search of bigger roles. She garnered various supporting parts in films such as Dark City (1998) and Steven Soderbergh's crime thriller The Limey (1999), before landing a key part in David Lynch's acclaimed neo noir mystery film, Mulholland Dr. (2001). While in Bali in 1998, George met future husband, Chilean filmmaker Claudio Dabed; the two were married in late 2000. The early 2000s would have George playing bit parts in several American television shows, including "Friends" (1994) and "Monk" (2002), ultimately landing a recurring role on the hit "Alias" (2001) alongside Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan. Through the later part of the decade, George had roles in various horror and thriller films, beginning with the 2005 version of The Amityville Horror (2005), as well as the commercially-successful thriller Derailed (2005/I) alongside Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston and Vincent Cassel. George finished the decade with several more horror films, including Turistas (2006) and 30 Days of Night (2007), as well as independent horror titles such as The Killing Gene (2007), The Betrayed (2008) and Triangle (2009). George was also active in television work, landing a role on the popular medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" (2005). Her greatest critical success would come with a role on "In Treatment" (2008), playing the love interest of Gabriel Byrne, which would garner her a Golden Globe nomination in 2009. Though a veteran of television in both Australia and the United States, George has achieved considerable success in her film career, which has hardly spanned over a decade.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Roar 1997 Action
Thieves Rita 2001 - 2001
Paradise Lost Pru 2008 Family
Triangle Jess 2009 Horror
The Slap Rosie 2011 Drama
Bag of Bones Mattie 2011 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Amityville Horror Kathy Lutz 1979 0, Reality Tv
Roar 1997 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Dark City May 1998 Mystery, Sci Fi, Thriller
The Limey Jennifer 'Jenny' Wilson 1999 0, Comedy, 0
New Port South Amanda 2001
Down with Love 2003 0, 0, Biography
Derailed Deanna Schine 2005 Drama, Thriller
Turistas Pru 2006 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
30 Days of Night Stella Oleson 2007 Horror, Thriller
Music Within Christine 2007
The Killing Gene Helen Westcott 2008 Crime, Drama, Horror
The Betrayed Jamie 2008 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Swinging with the Finkels Janet 2011 0
A Lonely Place to Die Alison 2011 Action, Adventure, Crime
Between Us Sharyl 2012 Drama